To me the best backpack designs are simple and streamlined, like the Link backpack from Modern Industry. Its slim, rectangular shape allows vertical stacking of contents to keep the load close to the wearer’s body, while its lay-flat zipper design opens wide for easy loading and unloading of its 21 L capacity. (In fact, these features give it quite a bit of similarity to my current favorite pack, the GORUCK GR1.) Organization features include an external zipper slash pocket and internal 15″ laptop pocket and a zipper pocket for smaller items. Made from 10.10oz Martexin Original Waxed Canvas and lined with 7 oz. cotton sailcloth, YKK waterproof zippers and aluminum hardware. Made in San Fran, USA and available in Black (pictured), Ash, Moss and Navy colors, each $255. Link over to Modern Industry for details. WARNING: Their site contains some bad language.